Theodore Roethke

(1908 - 1963 / Michigan / United States)

The Bat - Poem by Theodore Roethke

By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.
He likes the attic of an aging house.

His fingers make a hat about his head.
His pulse beat is so slow we think him dead.

He loops in crazy figures half the night
Among the trees that face the corner light.

But when he brushes up against a screen,
We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:

For something is amiss or out of place
When mice with wings can wear a human face.


Comments about The Bat by Theodore Roethke

  • (6/21/2019 11:34:00 AM)

    Roethke was one of my first intros to poetry. Much of his work is well constructed and inspiring for a young writer. Now an old writer, he is simply vintage to revisit and remember - slc (Report)Reply

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  • (9/12/2018 2:27:00 AM)

    who is the speaker of the poem? (Report)Reply

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  • (2/16/2018 2:49:00 AM)

    I like it.... (Report)Reply

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  • (12/7/2017 12:09:00 PM)

    This makes me pumped up before my matchs and icome to my smackdowns! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (5/24/2017 5:10:00 PM)

    Roethke is a master of both humor and the poetic skills to present such enjoyable pieces of work! (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (5/24/2017 11:25:00 AM)

    A very nice poem. Quite enjoyable. (Report)Reply

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  • M Sagnik Das (5/24/2017 9:54:00 AM)

    this is so good. peace.. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/24/2017 12:21:00 AM)

    When mice with wings.... thanks for posting.... (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/24/2017 12:20:00 AM)

    For something is amiss! Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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